Passion For Art

>>>Bill Randall

Noted for his phenomenally successful Date Book calendars of the 1950s and 1960s, Bill Randall was born in 1911 and attended the Chicago Art Institute. He worked as a commercial artist until the war during which he joined with the French underground on a counter-propaganda campaign to create anti-Nazi artwork Randall first gained notice in 1946, when Esquire selected him as a regular contributor to their Gallery of Glamour. He also painted centerfold pin-ups for Esquire and contributed ideas to their yearly calendar. Randall also produced a great deal of advertising art for American Corporations. Randall also produced a great deal of advertising art for American corporations. Scotch Brand Cellulose Tape, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, Palmolive Soap, White Rock, and General Motors were among the many mainstream companies that incorporated his pin-up images into their advertisements.

In 1950, Randall did a front-cover painting for Parents magazine. The same year, he also began a series of front covers for American Weekly, Hearst’s Sunday magazine supplement, which throughout the decade brought his pin-up themes to a larger audience of American readers than any other magazine. Randall Also provided a similar set of images to Hearst’s other Sunday supplement, Pictorial Weekly, and created a notable string of front covers for Collier’s from December 1952 to April 1953.

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